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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 September, 2003, 07:18 GMT 08:18 UK
Most impressive player 2003
BBC Sport has asked county coaches to name the most impressive player they have seen this year, in their own teams and among opponents.

Coaches will be sharing their views with us throughout the week and the result of the survey will be revealed on Friday.

Graham Gooch (Essex)

Mushtaq Ahmed has had a great season - he is so much better than anyone else.

Graham Gooch
You need skill, determination and concentration to do what Ed Smith has done
If you took him away from the Sussex side they certainly wouldn't be in the position they're in.

Of the English players we have faced, Ed Smith had a great season right up until he got in the England side.

We played him a couple of times and he got a century in one of them [at Canterbury]. You need skill, determination and concentration to do what he has done.

Ed Smith
Smith was the first batsman to pass 1000 runs this season
I was commentating for radio when he made his debut at Trent Bridge and he did pretty well to make 64 but with Graham Thorpe back there is no way forward for him at the moment.

It has not been a good year for Essex but Jamie Middlebrook has taken 50 wickets for the first time and shown a bit more promise.

Because English wickets don't deteriorate on the final day it is difficult for finger spinners but at 26 I'd like to think Jamie has learnt his trade now and will be at his best in the next few years.

Mike Newell (Nottinghmamshire)

Mick Newell
Mark Ramprakash hit 279 against us and never put a foot wrong
Kevin Pieterson has stood out for us, never more so than when he made 100 against Kent when the side were bowled out for 177 - it was an exceptional performance.

He bowls a bit but his fielding is the best second part of his game, either at slip or backward point.

We're hopeful that he will return to Trent Bridge next season.

It may not be very original but the best player we've faced this year was Mark Ramprakash, who hit 279 against us and never put a foot wrong.

It was by far the best innings played against us.

Ian Brayshaw (Kent)

Geraint Jones has been an outstanding success for us and that has been reflected by his selection for England

Mushtaq Ahmed has had the biggest influence on the outcome of Division One
I see him as an early Alec Stewart - he was a terrific batsman and good wicket-keeper early in his career who became very good with the gloves while maintaining his batting skills.

Ed Smith had an amazing purple patch for us, scoring hundred after hundred, showing he is a player of real class.

He was unlucky to play on two poor Test wickets but will come back because he is a dominating batsman who takes bowlers on in the Australian model.

Mushtaq Ahmed has had the biggest influence on the outcome of Division One - without him Sussex would be competitive but they wouldn't win the title.

English players don't deal with mystery spinners very well and he has exploited their weakness.

And I was very impressed by Mal Loye. I didn't see him last season because he was with Northants but I saw too much of him this year.

Check back throughout the week for more views and on Friday for the full results of the survey.

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